HEARRT (the healthcare environmental awareness and resource reduction team) Midwest connects healthcare professionals to encourage and support sustainability actions that improve environmental and community health and, reduce costs.
After bringing together healthcare facility representatives, vendors, local/state agencies, and the MN Hospital Association for a decade (2000-2010), HEARRT has been resuscitated to deliver advocacy, education, networking opportunities and support to facilities working to achieve the triple aim using sustainability. The recovery team is comprised of staff from CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Ridgeview Medical Center, the MN Hospital Association, the MN Technical Assistance Program, the VA Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.
According to the US EPA, individuals, on average generate 4.4 pounds of solid waste per day. Practice Greenhealth has been gathering waste data from the healthcare sector for fifteen years. Their reports show the healthcare sector creates almost seven times as much waste, a staggering 29 pounds per staffed bed per day.
And, according to a study conducted by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, a healthcare facility's largest environmental impact is due to products used and disposed.
Healthcare waste is complicated and managing it properly is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. Community health can be impacted by the pollution associated with healthcare waste whether it be dioxins, greenhouse gases and mercury emissions from incinerators or, pharmaceuticals in drinking water sources.
A number of HEARRT Midwest healthcare facilities and systems are working to reduce waste, improve waste management and, are receiving awards for their work. Local assistance providers, counties and vendors are providing support to these efforts.
You're invited to join us for lunch and learn more:
Beyond the basics: the 4Rs of healthcare waste reduction
Fri., April 6, 2018, noon-3:30 p.m.
HealthPartners corporate offices
8170- 33rd Ave. S
Bloomington, MN 55425
FFI and to register